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Rochester honors the work of Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Rochester, N.Y. -- Local theaters are joining Broadway in remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of a suspected heroin overdose Sunday.

In a 2008 interview, Hoffman talked about the impact of growing up in the Rochester area and seeing live theater productions at Geva Theatre. Wednesday night, Geva will dim the lights for one minute at 7:45.

Hoffman also got his acting start in Rochester, first on the high school stage in Fairport, then with the Shipping Dock Theatre. He also has connections with the Little Theatre on East Avenue.

"We're seeing a lot of sadness and sorrow as people have been coming through the doors," says manager Derek Reis. He recalled the actor attended the debut of his film "Flawless" at the theatre in 1999 and returned there again in 2006.

The actor's mother, retired judge Marilyn O'Connor, is also a member of the Monday movie club at The Little.

"I see her every Monday come through the door," Reis said. "I have thought of her since this happened."

The Little plans a film festival for the last weekend in February. Five movies chosen by local fans via the theatre's Facebook page. The final two films will air Sunday afternoon, the same day as the Academy Awards.

"We felt like we needed to have people to be able to sit in a theater to to remember some proud moments of his career," said Reis.

 
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